The eighth annual Texas Writers Month begins in a few days.
Texas Writers Month
The eighth annual Texas Writers Month begins in a few days and, as usual, a wealth of readings, panels, and parties are planned. First we have to finish up April, however:
° UT Press' annual book sale takes place on the grounds of the press (I-35 & Manor Road) on Friday, April 27, from 10am-6pm, and on Saturday, April 28, from 10am-3pm. There will be discounts of up to 90% on all kinds of regional interest books (like gardening titles) and scholarly books from Cinema Studies to Multicultural Studies. Free parking in the UT Press parking lot. Call 471-7233 for more information.
° Legendary mystery matriarch P.D. James will be at Barnes & Noble Arboretum on Friday, April 27, at 7:30pm, to read from her new Adam Dagliesh mystery, Death in Holy Orders.
° Patricia Wynn, an Austin writer who has written 10 romance novels through traditional outlets, found herself frustrated by the "the restrictions placed upon creativity by the mass marketing strategies of the major publishing houses," so she did something about it. In 1997, she founded The Authors Studio (www.theauthorsstudio.org), a community of published genre writers who own and operate their own small presses. The point is to make direct author-to-reader sales. Her new book, The Birth of Blue Satan, is a historical mystery set in 1715. She'll be at BookPeople on Friday, April 27, at 7pm.
° Borderlands Texas Poetry Review has found a new home, a multi-use warehouse in Lockhart and they're throwing a party to help raise funds. On Saturday, April 28, current Dobie Paisano fellow Craig Arnold, the Austin Poetry Slam Team, and a host of other poets will be at the warehouse (702 Wichita) celebrating; John Beauchamp and the Duquaines will perform and barbecue will be served. See www.borderlands.org for directions; admission by donation; BYOB. Doors open at 6pm.
° This year, the Texas Writers Month Kick-off Party takes place at the Texas State Cemetery (909 Navasota), so although there will be lots of living writers in attendance (Liz Carpenter, Elmer Kelton, etc.), a few dead ones will be there, too: Fred Gipson (Old Yeller), J. Frank Dobie, and Walter Prescott Webb, for example. Rob Moag will be performing Western swing music, and a portion of the sales from books by authors in attendance benefit the Austin Public Library. Free food; free and open to the public. Sponsored by Barnes & Noble and the Texas Writers Project. Tuesday, May 1, from 6-10pm.
° Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Arranged Marriages, Sister of My Heart) has a new collection of short stories, The Unknown Errors of Our Lives. She'll be at BookPeople on Wednesday, May 2, at 7pm.
° Mystery Week, a special program of Texas Writers Month that, obviously, celebrates mystery writing, kicks off on Saturday, May 5, from 12-2pm, with authors Arlene Gause-Jackson, Evelyn Palfrey, and Darryl Wimberley participating in a panel discussion called "Black, Blue, and Thrilled" at Mitchie's Fine Black Art & Gift Gallery (5706 Manor Rd.).